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The New Food Safety Regime in the US: How Will it Affect Canadian Competitiveness

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  • Nakuja, Tekuni
  • Akhand, M.
  • Hobbs, Jill E.
  • Kerr, William A.

The FSMA appears to be a major undertaking with a very large responsibility placed on the FDA. It would seem that bottlenecks to exporting are bound to appear which will be very frustrating for Canadian firms. It is important for Canadian firms and Canadian policy makers to work hard to ensure that temporary bottlenecks do not become permanent inhibitors of trade. The Canadian government needs to understand industry concerns and use any mechanisms – including those in the NAFTA – to initiate consultations with the US. Given the likely lags in implementation, North American food markets are likely to exhibit considerable disequilibrium over the near term. Trade flows will be affected. As the implementation programs of the FSMA become more transparent, more sophisticated analysis into its effect on Canadian competitiveness in the US market can be undertaken.

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Paper provided by Canadian Agricultural Trade Policy Research Network in its series Trade Policy Briefs with number 116852.

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Date of creation: Sep 2011
Handle: RePEc:ags:catptp:116852
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  1. Kerr, William A., 2004. "Homeland Security and the Rules of International Trade," Estey Centre Journal of International Law and Trade Policy, Estey Centre for Law and Economics in International Trade, vol. 5(1).
  2. Anonymous & Meilke, Karl D. & Knutson, Ronald D. & Ochoa, Rene F. & Rude, James, 2005. "Agrifood Regulatory and Policy Integration Under Stress," 2005 NAAMIC Workshop II: Agrifood Regulatory and Policy Integration under Stress 163858, North American Agrifood Market Integration Consortium (NAAMIC).
  3. Sawka, Alison L. & Kerr, William A., 2010. "Challenging US Country of Origin Labelling at the World Trade Organization: The Law, The Issues and The Evidence," Commissioned Papers 95806, Canadian Agricultural Trade Policy Research Network.
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